Dolly Rebecca Parton
At the Grand Ole Opry, 25 April 2005. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Cherie A. Thurlby, USAF
Born: 19 January 1946, Sevierville, Tennessee
The fourth of twelve children in a one-room cabin, Parton grew up "dirt poor" in her words. She was composing songs at age four, her mother wrote down the notes as she heard them. She was appearing regularly on radio and TV at Knoxville when she was nine, appeared at the Grand Ole Opry at thirteen, and she left for Nashville the day after she finished high school in 1964. Her first success was as a songwriter, then she sang duets with Porter Wagoner whose established name and regular TV show helped her get started as a soloist. She married Carl Thomas Dean in 1966, they are still together but he is intensely private and does not appear with her in public. The couple has no children of their own but raised several of Dolly's younger siblings and is guardian for an orphaned friend of the family. She left the Wagoner show to focus on solo work in 1977, adding a number of pop hits to her regular country chart entries. She co-starred with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in Nine to Five in 1980, she also provided the title song. Her second film was The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, with Burt Reynolds (1982), Rhinestone with Sylvester Stallone (1984), and Steel Magnolias with an ensemble cast (1989). The numbers for her musical output are staggering, 25 releases have gone Gold or better, 26 songs hit number one in the Billboard country chart (110 charted total), and 42 top-10 country albums (a record). She won seven Grammy Awards and a host of others from the country music bodies, and received Kennedy Center Honors in 2006. Her philanthropy has featured efforts to preserve the bald eagle and to fight illiteracy, her Imagination Library mails a book each month to all enrolled children from birth to kindergarten, over 2.5 million books a year.
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Dolly Parton quotes:
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- A lot of people have said I'd have probably done better in my career if I hadn't looked so cheap and gaudy. But I dress to be comfortable for me, and you shouldn't be blamed because you want to look pretty. permalink
- A peacock that rests on his feathers is just another turkey. permalink
quoted in Reader's Digest (2003)
- Above everything else I've done, I've always said I've had more guts than I've got talent. permalink
- After Momma gave birth to twelve of us kids, we put her up on a pedestal. It was mostly to keep Daddy away from her. permalink
- Ah see you out there with your binoculars, and Ah know jes' what you're lookin' at. But what you didn't realize is that you didn't need your binoculars. permalink
joking with her audience, quoted by Leonore Fleischer in Dolly: Here I Come Again (1987)
- All these fine Christian-type people that seem to think they know what God wants for all of us, that's certainly more of a sin then anything they would claim about us. To judge people is one of the greatest sins. permalink
- Any relationship is like a house with an upstairs: it's got two stories. permalink
Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business (1994)
- Can you imagine anybody wanting to look this way for real? permalink
- Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. permalink
- Don't lose your temper; use it. permalink
television interview with Joan Rivers (26 November 1993)
- Dream more, learn more, care more and be more. permalink
- Find out who you are and do it on purpose. permalink
- For some reason, I have better luck when I work with women. I guess I have a good sense of sisterhood. permalink
- Having a big gay following, I get hate mail and threats. Some people are blind or ignorant, and you can't be that prejudiced and hateful and go through this world and still be happy. permalink
- He told me I couldn't act. This was not news to me, and I told him so. 'I'm not an actress, I'm Dolly Parton. I'm a personality who has been hired to do this movie. You're the director. It's your job to make me look like I'm acting.' permalink
on 'Steel Magnolias' director Herbert Ross in Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business (1994)
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